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Paranoid (Definition)

Someone who fears others mean to harm him/her in some way. They may believe or think others are spying on them or plotting to kill them. When the fear is totally irrational and without basis it may be delusional ...Read more


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Should an elderly woman with neuropathy be allowed to sit in a car when it is warm out?

Should an elderly woman with neuropathy be allowed to sit in a car when it is warm out?

Neuropathy: Sitting in a car when it is warm out can be harmful if there is insufficient ventilation. Air conditioning or keeping the windows down may be helpful. Neuropathy may be of concern if it affects sweating or mobility, since a person who becomes overheated may not be able to adjust or seek better shelter.

If the inside car temp is significant, sitting in a car would not be safe for anyone. ...Read more

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Elderly hypertensive woman always has high BP only in the mornings and it goes down to near normal in about 2hrs even without drugs. What causes it?

Elderly hypertensive woman always has high BP only in the mornings and it goes down to near normal in about 2hrs even without drugs. What causes it?

Very interesting: To help us wake up with energy for the day, our bodies put out hormones that can go too far & increase bp. Healthy folk enjoy this. Weakened cardiovascular folk don't and it can kill them. Many heart attacks happen upon waking for this reason. Ask the doctor to find a BP med that has a longer half-life (micardis (telmisartan) hct is one). ...Read more

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Please answer! What would cause an elderly woman to have morbid hallucinations?

Please answer! What would cause an elderly woman to have morbid hallucinations?

Many things: A complete medical evaluation is essential. Is there dementia? Medication review is important. Is she depressed? Psychotic depression is not uncommon I the elderly. Have her see a Geriatrician or a good internist for a full exam. ...Read more

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What medical problem does dark gray discharge in an elderly woman indicate?

What medical problem does dark gray discharge in an elderly woman indicate?

Bacteria: I assume you are referring to vaginal discharge. If the woman is not sexually active, it is most likely bacterial vaginosis. Caused by changes in the acidity of the vagina and possibly bacteria introduced by aging changes poor hygiene, incontinence etc. If there is blood in the discharge it may look grayish as well. Either way, this should be checked by a medical practitioner. ...Read more

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Is it possible for women to prevent that "hump" in the upper back in elderly years?

Is it possible for women to prevent that "hump" in the upper back in elderly years?

Diet, activity: Vitamin d and calcium deficiencies possibly contribitute to spinal weakness and the small fractures that lead to 'dowager's hump.' estrogen loss also contributes to loss of bone density. Activity and keeping the back musculature healthy can also help. Weight training can help as well. ...Read more

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What should I do with a bitter elderly woman who has had a stroke who only wants to agure 24/7?

What should I do with a bitter elderly woman who has had a stroke who only wants to agure 24/7?

Treat for depression: An elderly post-stroke patient has a significant likelihood of depression. Aside from a patient, caring care-goiver, she would benefit from depression evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about Lewy body dementia in elderly women?

Does anyone know about Lewy body dementia in elderly women?

Clinical Facts: Neurodegenerative d/o featuring milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations, delusional thoughts), excessive sleepiness, depression/anxiety/apathy, & rbd. Rbd = rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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Should an elderly diabetic woman be worried about taking protein powder?

Should an elderly diabetic woman be worried about taking protein powder?

Depends: Diabetics are prone to kidney disease. If the elderly woman is malnutritioned and has low protein, protein powder may be needed to help for nutritional purposes. However, too much protein being filtered by the kidney is like putting tons of thick stuff in the garbage disposal and may gunk up the system causing worsening kidney function. Take the recommended daily amount of protein. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for recovery of a broken hip for an elderly woman?

What is the prognosis for recovery of a broken hip for an elderly woman?

Excellent!: The two main types of hip fractures are neck and intertrochanteric or below-the-neck fractures. Neck fractures are fixed by replacing the hip ball. Intertrochanterics are fixed with a plate or rod and a large screw. Most all elderly men and women return to their previous level of activity. "Walkers" start walking again one day after surgery. Exception: those with senile dementia may not. ...Read more

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Does elderly woman benefit from calcium or mineral with unsteady walking?

Does elderly woman benefit from calcium or mineral with unsteady walking?

No: Calcium and mineral supplementation won't help with unsteady walking. Calcium and mineral supplementation may help prevent fracture when a fall occurs. ...Read more

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What disease causes the bones tobecome so brittle in an elderly woman that they break?

What disease causes the bones tobecome so brittle in an elderly woman that they break?

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition manifested by loss of total bone mass and which is a consequence of aging. Women develop the condition at an earlier age than men. Osteoporosis can be the result of other medical conditions and medications. It can result in hip fractures and vertebral compression fractures most commonly seen in elderly women. ...Read more

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Hi docs, is it true that rich, elderly, white men of privilege and power are best suited to decide what women can do with their bodies?

Hi docs, is it true that rich, elderly, white men of privilege and power are best suited to decide what women can do with their bodies?

ROFLMAO: OMG who said that? Who's teaching that? H-ll no! This is the 21st century. While I can't speak for other parts of the world which are much more patriarchal, here in Western society, especially the States, women are more than equal to men and can decide what they want to do with their minds & bodies w/o male influence. ...Read more

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Can very low muscle mass in elderly female cause low gfr?

Can very low muscle mass in elderly female cause low gfr?

The Opposite: A low muscle mass generates less creatinine and results in a higher GFR calculation. ...Read more

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The healing process in elderly women with fractured back from ostyoporosis?

The healing process in elderly women with fractured back from ostyoporosis?

6-8 weeks: Usually heals fine in 6-8 weeks. If remains symptomatic can consider kyphoplasty procedure. ...Read more

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Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger woman?

Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger woman?

Barrier: Think about how much sun damage and how much thinner the skin is on an elderly person. Your skin is your barrier. As you age, the barrier weakens, it is thinner — your infection risk goes up because the barrier is weaker and has less defense against the outside. ...Read more

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Is it true that elderly people couldn't sleep alot at night or it is a special case? &how much should a 52 woman sleep(she have diabetes type 2)? Thnx

Is it true that elderly people couldn't sleep alot at night or it is a special case?
&how much should a 52 woman sleep(she have diabetes type 2)?
Thnx

Sleep.: It is true that the regularity and efficiency of the sleep wake cycle folders in elderly people. They often lose their circadian rhythm. Generally speaking, it would be wise for people to try to get 6 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more

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I'm paranoid about making someone pregnant is it possible that if I masturbate and touch a door handle pregnancy could occur with a female who touched?

I'm paranoid about making someone pregnant is it possible that if I masturbate and touch a door handle pregnancy could occur with a female who touched?

No: All you have to do is wash your hands afterwards. You would not get someone pregnant by touching the door handle but no one would want to touch it after you if you got semen all over it. Simply masturbate and then clean up after yourself as a courtesy to others. ...Read more

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What happens when an elderly women fractures her hip?

What happens when an elderly women fractures her hip?

Many things!: An osteoportic hip fracture can be lethal, especially for women. It causes death in almost as many women who die from breast cancer. Osteoporosis is preventable. Once a hip fracture occurs, plating and pinning will usually occur, or a hip replacement, depnding on fracture location. ...Read more

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How does an elderly woman control the unique body scent that she has aquired within the last year or so? She is 85.

How does an elderly woman control the unique body scent that she has aquired within the last year or so?  She is 85.

See a doctor: I highly recommend she be evaluated by a physician. She needs a full evaluation to see the source of the odor. There could be a mass that is ulcerating through the skin, a pressure sore that is becoming infected, just to name a few. ...Read more

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Elderly women of 82 with 160/80 and dizzy, also has severe headaches. What can she do?

Elderly women of 82 with 160/80 and dizzy, also has severe headaches. What can she do?

Need to see a doctor: New onset of headache in anyone over 50 years of age is worrisome. She needs to see a doctor because of her blood pressure but other problems should be excluded. Temporal arteritis, stroke, and tumor are concerns. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take for hallucinations brought on by cogentin (benztropine) take to go away in an elderly female who was given 2 does in hospital.?

How long does it normally take for hallucinations brought on by cogentin (benztropine) take to go away in an elderly female who was given 2 does in hospital.?

Hrs to days: Cogentin (benztropine) is a rather archaic drug and can cause delirium, confusion, and both hallucinations and delusions in the elderly. It's use in parkinson's disease is quite rare these days. Typically, the side effects should depart within a few days at most, but if persistent and not resolving, other causes should be sought including other meds causing reactions. Contact the original doc and get answer. ...Read more

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Paranoid about colon cancer. great-grandmother had it at 70. Had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Paranoid about colon cancer. great-grandmother had it at 70. Had runny + pencil stool last night. 24 y.o female. Should I get a colonoscopy screening?

Not likely: Unlikely that you have colon cancer as such a young age, but there's no harm n consulting a gastroenterologist, especially if the symptom persist. ...Read more

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